Bare Finger experiment, show 'n' tell with CE Special, "Cannon Jig"

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Comment by Eric STEFANELLI on January 12, 2011 at 9:25

Hi marc !

Good idea to cut your fingernails, more they are short, and more it sound well, nail don't give a snappy sound, as all people are  thinking commonly. The C.E. banjo is very nice and havea good sound, the bridge is placed nearest the center of the head, in different place that you can find commonly on S.S. Stewart, or Fairbanks, i think it's better, and corresponding  to the music played at this time, bridge placed nearest the center of the head give a strong and percussive sound.

W e can observe the evolution of the place of the bridge on the head in about three decades, the first "classic" banjos had the bridge placed down on the head near the tailpiece, and step by steps you can find  that the bridges moved  to one place nearest the center .

Good idea to play this nice Morley's tune , that's great, i heard it for the first time!

Thanks !


Comment by Alan Sims on December 13, 2011 at 19:27

nice playing Marc ive got your tab for this catchy little tune i have just purchased a CE special mapel body  I am going up the garden shed to pratice this tune and clematis waltze kind regards  Alan

Comment by thereallyniceman on December 15, 2011 at 14:41

Hi Alan,

I have just seen your post. I see that you have bought a  maple CE Special. Is that the wood hoop special that was on UK Ebay?  I play one and they are superb instruments (my favourite). You made a very good choice.  I fitted an 11" Renaissance head and it gives a great sound.. well mine sounds like bashing pans together, but that is because I pick too hard, but I like it!

If you need to go in the shed... could I suggest a pair of socks/ underpants/ tea towel rolled up and stuffed between the perchpole and the vellum under the bridge and then you can stay in the warm !

If you need any tips or help..  please ask, and keep us informed of your progress!


Comment by Alan Sims on December 17, 2011 at 10:38

yes Ian  & Bare fingers got this one on ebay wooden hoop 15a bond street ive put a compensated bridge on i like a slightly mellow sound but still with ring so i sanded the side of the bride she sounds wonderful how does one get a year date for this lovely banjo  ALAN

Comment by Mike Moss on December 17, 2011 at 10:48

1900 - 1919 CLIFFORD ESSEX & CO 15a Grafton Street 

1919 - 1936 CLIFFORD ESSEX & SON 15a Grafton Street 

Depends on whether it's "Clifford Essex & Co." or "Clifford Essex & Son". Sounds like you've got yourself a nice banjo!

Comment by thereallyniceman on December 17, 2011 at 11:21


Yes, as Mike says  15a Grafton Street, New Bond Street, London. How's about some close up pictures?  What are you working on at the moment?  Is it exercises or are you  having a bash at a solo?


Comment by Alan Sims on December 17, 2011 at 12:43

ian I am working on Emile grimshaws studies and your exersises tunes canon jig  banjo oddity kissing cup Waltze  my daughter will take some photos of my banjo and shed im not sure how to get them on internet she will show me Alan

Comment by thereallyniceman on December 17, 2011 at 13:23

To add photographs. Get your daughter to save the pictures as .jpg files onto your desktop (or a suitable directory).

click PHOTOS at the top of the page and then click  +ADD button.

(I use the "simple uploader" shown under the box, below the "terms of service")

click  CHOOSE FILE and then select the photo file from your computer



You can  a text comment in the box when the photo has uploaded.

We look forward to seeing them!

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